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Directors and Staff

Dr. Paul W. Popiel
Director of Bands

Dr. Matthew O. Smith
Associate Director of Bands/Director, Marching Jayhawks

Sharon Toulouse
Assistant Director of Bands

Administrative Assistant
Leslie O’Neil


Graduate Teaching Assistants

Nora Kanally
Brett Keating
Gina Moore
Nick Waldron

Colorguard Instructor

Melissa Smith
Tia Derritt-Withers

Drumline Instructors

Alex Vallar
Graham Deckard

Drum Majors 2019

Spencer Rogers
Abbey Sigler
Colin Wreath

Equipment Managers

Nora Birchfield
Cole Epley
Josh Patrick
Matt MacKay
Kayn Milholland
Jose Montoya

Uniform Managers

Ragan Foster
Evan Fruhauf
Marissa Haselhuhn
Megan Wickingson


Libby Brungardt
Peyton Kaercher
Angela Fornelli
Katie Steele

Kappa Kappa Psi President  

Brittney Hamersky

Tau Beta Sigma President

Melissa Kilgard

School of Music Events
KU Today
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.

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